Vernon Downs is gearing up for the State Fair weekend (August 24 - 26) featuring the 2-year old New York bred races, the $ 700,000 (e) Zweig Memorial Trot, and the Sixth Annual $ 50,000 Drivers' Championship.
Vernon will be putting on a carnival like atmosphere at the track all weekend long, holding owner barbeques, a Sunday morning brunch, and a free horsemen’s golf outing.
The State Fair weekend kicks off on Friday, August 24 with the 2-year old filly trotters and pacers with a post time of 6:55 pm. There will be an owner’s barbeque in Founders Park beginning at 5:00 pm before the races and lasts until post time at 6:55 pm.
On Saturday, August 25th, Vernon Downs will be hosting a free golf outing for all horsemen, and owners in the morning (planned tee is 9:00 am). The tournament will be held at Rome Country Club and will be a four person captain and crew format tournament. Another barbeque will be held on Saturday evening at 5:00 pm leading up to the 6:55 pm post for the 2-year old colt and gelding pacers and trotters taking center stage in the State Fair races.
The weekend is capped off with the $700,000 (e) Zweig Memorial Trot for 3-year old trotters, and the $50,000 Drivers’ Championship on Sunday, August 26 with a 1:15 pm post time. There will be a horsemen’s brunch held on Sunday morning beginning at 10:00 am on the rooftop terrace until 12:00 pm, which is located on the third floor of the Vernon Downs Hotel.
The Drivers’ Championship which has been a huge hit at Tioga Downs in past years will be re-located to Vernon for 2012, along with our annual bobblehead giveaway featuring last year’s champion, Jody Jamieson. As always bobbleheads will be given away before the races, along with commemorative t-shirts (while supplies last), and the drivers participating in the Championship will be on hand for an autograph session and driver meet and greet beginning at 11:45 am on the trackside apron.
Nick Vanderwood, who has sang the national anthem at the Boston Celtics game will be on hand and will be singing the national anthem on Sunday afternoon at Vernon Downs.
The horses that finish sixth through ninth in the Drivers’ Championship events will each receive $100 for their participation in the event from the HHA of CNY .
Hotel rooms are available at Vernon Downs for the State Fair celebration (August 24 – 26), and all reservations and golf sign ups can be directed to Jason M. Settlemoir, VP of Racing and Simulcast at 607.699.7588 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Reservations for hotel accommodations and reservations for golf must be made to Jason Settlemoir by Thursday, August 23.
For more information on Vernon Downs please visit us online at www.vernondowns.com.
by Dustin ROSS